September 26th, 2016

Uncover Your Family History


Did you know that if you go back 10 generations in your family tree, you have 1,024 direct-line ancestors? Ten generations may sound like a lot, but if you were born in 1950, ten generations may only bring you back to 1700 – a little over 300 years ago! Direct-line ancestors only include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, so each of those 1,024 people directly contributed to your existence.

For some, researching their family tree helps them connect with the past and make sense of where they fit in the scheme of history. For others, genealogy is a deeply emotional experience as it helps them understand where they came from, who they are, and why they do the things they do. Others find genealogy to be an invigorating game of detecting, piecing together clues from documents and family lore to figure out who, what, where, and when, sometimes even why!

If you’re like many, you know the Federal Census is filled with information, but it may seem too daunting to wade through thousands of hand-written records. I invite you to attend one of two sessions called “The Census: Genealogy Goldmine” where I will share tips, tricks and resources on how to scrutinize the data and elevate your family history research. This program will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, October 11 at the Rising Sun Branch and at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 25 at the Chesapeake City Branch.

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned researcher, the 5th Annual Cecil County Genealogy Symposium on Saturday, November 12th is not to be missed. A detailed program of speakers and presenters is almost finalized, be sure to check our website for details.

*Please note, the 5th Annual Genealogy Symposium will be hosted at the Cecil County Government Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton.

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September 15th, 2016

New Library Director Selected


To the staff of CCPL, our patrons and citizens of Cecil County,

The Cecil County Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that after a careful review of candidates, Acting Director Morgan Lehr Miller has been selected as the next CCPL Director.

Over the past decade, Morgan has built a remarkable record of accomplishments both locally and at the state-level, fostering collaboration and innovation while pursing the mission and vision of Cecil County Public Library. The Board recognizes and deeply appreciates the outstanding CCPL staff that have worked with Morgan and been a part of this success.

We share Morgan’s dedication, energy, and enthusiasm for CCPL, the library profession and the community of Cecil County. We are confident that she will continue to lead CCPL’s culture of world-class quality and the pursuit of individual and community success.

We have a very bright and exciting future in store, and I am energized by its promise.

Please join me in congratulating Morgan as your new CCPL Director.


Brig. Gen. Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr., President

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